Marie Biscuit Magic

Quick, Easy, Delicious ~ Marie Biscuit Magic

Marie Biscuit stack

Marie Biscuit is a popular biscuit that is similar to rich tea biscuit made with all the usual ingredients of biscuit with an addition of vanilla. It is very popular in countries such as India, Australia, South Africa, and Spain. I remember as a child eating these simple and in a way appeasing to my taste buds biscuits dipped in milk or tea everyday. It used to give me that immense amount of satisfaction that it is indescribable; one has to experience it to believe it. Almost every household had this culture of eating Marie Biscuits with tea or milk and so I call it the “quintessential tea snack”.

I still remember a cooking show on TV that used Marie Biscuits to prepare this dessert and it was way back in the early 90’s. The recipe calls for Dalda which I consider as highly unhealthy and so I substituted it with unsalted butter. The rest of the recipe remains the same.

Marie Biscuit

Recipe: (Makes for 4 people)

1 Marie Biscuit packet (12 nos)
4 – 5 tbsp of unsalted butter
1 tbsp Cocoa powder
Sugar as per taste
1 tbsp Instant coffee powder
A couple of tbsp of milk

Mix the coffee powder and a little sugar in the milk to make a slightly loose paste. Dip each biscuit into this mixture so that each biscuit has a decent coating and stack one on top of the other. Blend butter, some sugar as per taste for sweetness and cocoa powder. Apply this mixture evenly on all four sides of the stacked biscuits. Cover it with an aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Then cut in an angle so that the coffee mixture lines in between the biscuits are seen as shown in the image. Serve as is or with a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream. I bet this will be a crowd pleaser in your next party. Enjoy.

Slices of Marie Biscuit dessert

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55 Responses to Marie Biscuit Magic

  1. sowmya says:

    Wow, I was thinking about this recipe just 2 days back. I remember seeing this in doordarshan long long time ago. I was trying to recollect how to stack the marie biscuits. And was surprised to see this here. Thanks a lot. I will be making this soon. They are looking so lovely…

  2. arundati says:

    awesome!! i am not particularly fond of marie biscuits, but this i am more than willing to try!!

  3. Charu says:

    I couldnt resist commenting. Very innovative and I’m tempted to try this out. I should say that I’m one of the regular visitors of your blog. The pictures are so good and encourages people to try! I’ve tried many recipes of yours with little variations as per my cooking style. All are good. Keep posting new recipes!

  4. sandhya says:

    the pic’s look beautiful and tempting. even i love marie biscuits.will surely try these.

  5. vineela says:

    Love the recipe.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. vimmi says:

    Loved the strips. and looks easy too. Love marie biscuits so this is a must try.

  7. Vaishali says:

    what an innovative use of Marie biscuits, and the result looks beautiful. Sounds delicious too!

  8. oh wow!!! This dessert looks fab… bookmarked!!! I posted a recipe w/ marie biscuit too yesterday!! 🙂

  9. Nidhi says:

    Hi , I remember I had tried this receipe when I was back in School in India. Since then haven’t made it. Thanks for reminding! I’ll try it soon!

  10. Kantha says:

    All your receipes are very simple, easy to make & appealing to the eyes& taste buds too. Very good job…Cooking is made very appealing & intersting by you!

  11. Rashmi says:

    Hey Priya…this turned out really delicious..but next time am going to skip butter and try strawberry sauce covering:)Awesome! Thanks for sharing. will look forward to more of such ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ desserts on the blog!

  12. easycrafts says:

    I remember seeing this and making it a couple of times after that..then completely forgot it, thanks for reminding and sharing

  13. Anjali says:

    home made biscuits.. wow!! cant wait to try this out.

  14. Rajeev says:

    The marie biscuit recipe just sounds amazing.. cool close to home concept..

  15. Mansi says:

    These look so pretty! I have seen them on nag’s blog before:) just one question, after coating the entire stack in cocoa mixture, how can I cover it with foil?? won’t the coating stick on the foil instead of on the biscuits??

  16. Bin says:

    I am not clear on how to cut this?

    Please let me know. I plan to make it this weekend.


  17. 365DaysVeg says:

    Hi Bin,

    Once you have the marie biscuit covered with butter/cocoa mixture and refrigerated as per the recipe, place it on a cutting board. Then cut it as per my vague picture below.
    Suppose the following is the block of marie biscuit after the recipe.
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    Cut it from the angle of \ as below. This should give you the beautiful lines of butter & coffee mixture when cut. I hope this helps.

    | |

  18. 365DaysVeg says:

    Hi Bin,

    Once you have the marie biscuit covered with butter/cocoa mixture and refrigerated as per the recipe, place it on a cutting board. Then cut it as per my vague picture below.
    Suppose the following is the block of marie biscuit after the recipe.

    Cut it from the angle of \ as below. This should give you the beautiful lines of butter & coffee mixture when cut. I hope this helps.


  19. Bin says:

    yes, that makes it clear. I thought that’s what it was, but wanted to make sure! I’m planning to make this and the stuffed pablano peppers! Looking fwd to having it.

  20. 365DaysVeg says:

    I am sure you are going to love it Bin. Just make sure that when buy the Poblano pepper, they are really big so that when you slit it for stuffing, it doesn’t tear while stuffing as there is only little room to stuff.

  21. Bin says:

    do you also know about the marie biscuit choco/coconut rolls that turn out like a 2 color cashew pista roll… just brown and white.. becoz the marrie biscuit is crushed and a dough is made with milk… ? I don’t know exactly how to make it.. but i’ve had it and it tastes really good, too

  22. This is amazing looking marie biscuit. I feel like eating them now. The pictures looks very tempting.

  23. dipti says:

    i dont get how to cut!?

  24. 365DaysVeg says:


    Look at my response no. 19. I have somewhat drawn a picture. The marie biscuit log will be like cylinder. You need to cut it in an angle – not vertically or horizontally, but inbetween in an angle. Get it? If not let me know.


  25. 365DaysVeg says:

    Dipti, here is another pic that I could draw and this is the closest. You need to cut it in a diagonal fashion.

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    | |\

    I hope this helps.

  26. Sheila says:


    Great pics, I’m new to ur blog and been food blogging only since recently. Going to try this, since it is long weekend. Do tell me after coating, if u try to wrap in foil wont the coating stick to the foil.

    Pl. let me know, want to really try it for my kids.

  27. 365DaysVeg says:


    Thanks for stopping by. No, wrapping in a foil will not make the coating stick. Good luck with it and welcome to the blogging world.

  28. Mitka says:


    This is the first time I have blogged in here. Sounds very tempting…will try to make this for my kids as they after commercial sweets all the time…though I’ll have to skip the coffee and substitute it with more cocoa when I make it for the kids.

    Your poha tikki also sounds very intertesting…will surprise my husband with it this weekend!


  29. rhoda alex says:

    hey …i too remember seeing this in Doordharshan and also trying it out with one of my neighbours (i was in college then) because it didnt involve any cooking. The picture brought back such lovely memories. thanks a ton. i think i am going to make this tommorrow for my two sons!!! (i actually dont like cooking so much….but after seeing so many blogs on this labour of love…i think i am going to spend more time in the kitchen in the days to come.)

  30. Soma says:

    WOW!! thats awesome presentation!! I posted a coffee gateau with marie biscuits a couple of weeks back, & now i came across urs. i wish i could do this presentation!!

  31. ELAINE says:


  32. cstopre says:

    the same recipe I tried with dipping the biscuits in coffee custard,then while serving i poured chocolate sauce over it and garnished it with lots of dry fruits.that was my prize winning recipe.try it.

  33. Kishan says:

    Just moved into a new apartment with my wife… did this and it was an absolute hit… Thanks…keep more recipes coming!

  34. liz says:

    Maria cookies are so popular in Portugal (and Spain of course). The Portuguese make many, many dessert type cakes with these so I am very happy to get some that are printed here – very easy. Not many people have heard of this cookie (biscuit) here in North America.

  35. Joyati says:

    Hi Priya ,
    Thanks for sharing the recipe , but i have a doubt , how are u stacking the biscuit to get the design as shown in the pic above when cutting it into pieces . It would be a great help if you could post some more pics . thanks

    • 365DaysVeg says:


      Thank you for checking out the recipe. Basically cut the stack of biscuits diagonally. If you look at my comment for Dipti, that shows the diagonal way i use my knife to cut the biscuits.
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  36. nora says:

    Kind of like lazy cake

  37. pragya says:

    thats a very good recipe this helped me in my cooking competition

  38. shivani says:

    simply awesome….

  39. Jola (Goa) says:

    Nice Recipie

  40. ash says:

    Hey I have made this two times but still not able to cut like showed in picture. Can you explain it again please? Awesome recipe… I remember my sis use to make this when I was 15 year old… Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Ash, see my comment to Joyathi.. I have somewhat written a visual representation of how to cut. Let me know if it helps, else I will send you a personal email with an image on how to cut once again in a few more days as Im travelling now.

      • ash says:

        Hey, Thanks for quick reply… Can you please send me pics when ever you make it again. I have tried it two times and both time i was not able to cut it like you had in picture.Thanks for all the Recipies…

  41. sindhu says:

    Hey thanks yaar….me too rmbr hving seen this recipe on DD years back as a kid….n expermenting it along with my cousin sis..was trying to recollect..happy to find it here….now will try it n impress my family….especially hubby 🙂
    A clarification required….can i try this recipe using amul butter(salted butter)?pls advice asap
    Looking frwd for more such happening recipies!!!

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Sindu, amul butter will melt fast once u cut it but if you plan to eat it sooner, I recommend trying although I have not done it myself, so cannot 100% promise.. sorry.

  42. sonal says:

    looking at picture you will say yummy… n its really mouth watering as this diwali i made it as desert every one liked it a lot..!!!

  43. Pavithra says:

    Our age old Marie Biscuit!! Great recipe & awesome pics!
    Going to try soon.Thanks!

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